Centre for Continuing Education

We Are What We Remember: The Ever-Evolving Transmission of Jewish History Course

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Learn about Jewish culture the smart way with Jewish Culture courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

In partnership with the Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies
Course materials developed by The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning - a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For specific enquiries regarding the program, please contact Hilary May Black on 0400 435 099.


This course aims to offer learners opportunities to explore the impact of Jewish collective memory on the current and future status of worldwide Jewry.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify key moments in Jewish History that impact the Jewish collective memory.
  2. Understand the significant impact of Jewish collective memory on the current and future status of worldwide Jewry.


This course addresses the important role of collective national memory in the ongoing development and adaptation of Judaism throughout the generations.

  • What do we remember and why?
  • How are national memories formed and preserved?

This course opens with the Bible’s directive to remember the attempted Jewish national genocide perpetrated by Israel’s archenemy, Amalek. The next three lessons each explore significant historical periods and the memories formed around them: reflections on the Spanish expulsion, recollections of Poland just before and following the Shoah, and the State of Israel as envisioned by its founders and as experienced by its citizens today.

Intended Audience

This course is suitable for anyone interested in exploring the Jewish approach to memory and history.

Delivery Style

The course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops and involves discussion between participants and the facilitator.


A course reader will be provided in class.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

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